Free School Meals
Free school meals are available for children if their parent or carer receives certain benefits. In addition, the school receives Pupil Premium funding each year of £935 per student who is entitled to free school meals; this funding continues for up to six years after the free school meals claim ends.
If you don’t apply our School will miss out on funding which could go towards providing additional support for your child. If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch you will still need to register for free school meals for our School to receive the Pupil Premium funding.
Who can get free school meals?
Parents or guardians are entitled to get free school meals or milk for their children if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-off - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Eligibility rules changed on 1 April 2018 and students currently in receipt of free school meals under the old rules are protected by transitional arrangements until the completion of their studies in Year 11.
How to apply
The local authority in which the student attends the school, not where the student resides, is responsible for assessing the eligibility of a claimant. To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking on the green button at the top of the page, or you may follow this link to the Wirral Borough Council website, both links take you to the application form. Alternatively, you may download a paper based form here.
When you have completed your application, provided you are eligible for free school meals, you will not need to do anything else, we will be notified by the local authority and will be in touch with you. Registering for free school meals is confidential and is administered discretely at the school by our experienced catering team.
Easy and discrete administration
We have cashless catering and all Free School Meal students will receive a daily credit of £3.60 per day on their account. When paying for their meal or snacks they simply need to place their thumb on the biometric reader at the till and we take care of everything else. All students pay for their meals in the same way, meaning that Free School Meal students are not identifiable by other students.